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Dennis Trittin founded LifeSmart Publishing to help address the life skills deficit hindering today’s younger generation. Observation and research suggests this looming crisis is rooted in several cultural and institutional forces:

    1. increasing fragmentation of family life
    2. immature or absent parenting
    3. schools viewing character/life skills as the domain of parents and therefore focusing primarily on traditional subject matter; parents incorrectly assume schools are fully covering key life subjects (e.g., finance)
    4. inadequate youth employment opportunities
    5. harmful cultural messages from the media and entertainment industries

The end result is that our society is producing a generation of young adults largely unprepared to negotiate life, develop and maintain healthy life-long relationships, demonstrate honorable and effective leadership, build stable households, and succeed in a--- Read More

The Media and Your Teen: What is the Entertainment Culture Telling Them?

8/29/2015 9:31:21 PM

Has this happened to you? You tell your teenager something a hundred times over and get nowhere. Then someone slightly cooler comes along, says the same thing, and gets an instant response.  Don’t worry. You didn’t do anything wrong. It’s a normal phenomenon! As the teen years progress, most moms and dads notice their teens pulling away and gravitating more to peers and other “voices” in their life. As their parent, it pays to get to know who those other voice--- Read More

4 Aspects of Miscommunication and How to Avoid it

8/22/2015 3:05:53 PM

I wish I had a nickel for every time I’ve said, “I didn’t mean it like that!” Or, a nickel for every time someone said it to me. I’d be a very wealthy man! The sad fact is, the messages we send can often be received differently than we intend. And, when it happens, it can be a disaster.  With college and careers starting for many this time of year, it’s important young people aware of how they’re coming across and the impact of how we say things.&nb--- Read More

4 Components of Intentional Parenting

8/16/2015 7:37:56 PM

    From as far back as I can remember I looked forward to becoming a dad. When I was young, I could regularly be found on the basketball court or ball field, coaching the neighborhood children like a modern-day Pied Piper. I figured that a love for children was the main ingredient to being a great dad and didn’t really think much beyond that.  And, then along came our first child—a bundle of joy and energy. And energy. Oh, did I say, “energy?”   --- Read More

10 Ways You Can Become a Lifelong Learner

8/8/2015 11:57:16 PM

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. -William Butler Yeats   Summer…. Don’t we all love it? Enjoying  the days in the sunshine, drinking lemonade on the back deck,  spending more time with family, and kids (and college students) getting a chance to relax before school starts again. I am not sure who loves summer more—kids, or teachers!   But, one thing I’ve learned over the course of my lifetime is that summer vacati--- Read More

From Director to Encourager: Learning to Cheer from the Sidelines

8/1/2015 11:40:18 PM

I am sure many of you have students who will be on their way to college in a matter of weeks or days. Finally, their first taste of independence and arguably the greatest milestone for their parents. So, how are you feeling about it? If you (or someone you know) has a college freshman about to start school, this post is for you!   I remember the first time I heard the term “helicopter parent.” It was at my one of my kids’ college freshman orientation, where they separat--- Read More

Smile--It Means More than You Think

7/26/2015 12:29:29 PM

“Let us make one point, that we meet each other with a smile, even when it is difficult to smile. Smile at each other, make time for each other in your family….for smiling is the beginning of love.” ? Mother Teresa   Have you ever thought about what your smile—and your countenance in general, really—say about you? When I first meet someone, I look at their eyes (are they kind?) and their mouth (are they joyful?). I am sure that judging a first impression --- Read More

Parents: Your Voice is More Powerful than You Think

7/19/2015 9:17:33 PM

In our conversations with parents of teens, their greatest struggle is a sense of loss of influence. But, while teens are listening to other voices during this season (their friends, acquaintances on Facebook, Snapchat or Instagram, celebrities, parents of friends they see as “cool,” etc.), they are not necessarily cutting ties or rejecting their ideals. In fact, many times what may be perceived as a rejection is more a re-negotiation of their former parent-child relationship. Perhap--- Read More

Everyone Needs an Emergency Savings Fund (and How to Start One)

7/12/2015 10:54:59 AM

Sometimes our plans go awry and the unexpected happens. You lose your job. You take a pay cut when your employer trims the budget. You’re out of work for months recovering from surgery. Your roof leaked (or, in our case, our septic system backed up!) while you were on a long vacation. Your washer and dryer went out. You dropped your smart phone in a puddle. What will you do? Hopefully, you’ve planned for emergencies and contingencies. According to a 2011 survey by the National Foun--- Read More

Not All Challenges Are a Closed Door: Handle Adversity One Step at a Time

7/5/2015 1:32:33 PM

If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill    What’s your reaction when the going gets tough?  Do you just keep trudging right along, or are you more likely to go back to bed and hope that when you wake up, it will all have blown over? There’s something to be said for both of those approaches in their own way and at the right time. Sometimes we need to ride out a trial or a sticky situation and let it resolve itself. Other times w--- Read More

Cultivating Strong Character in Our Children

6/28/2015 12:34:23 AM

“The greatest legacy one can pass on to one's children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one's life, but rather a legacy of character…” - Billy Graham    Benjamin Franklin is credited with the saying that the only things certain in life are death and taxes. However, allow me to add a third thing--when your teen leaves home, his or her values will be tested. How will he or she hold up, especially when homesick, friendsick, or expe--- Read More

Five Keys to Nail Your Performance Review

6/21/2015 12:40:04 PM

Now that school is out and summer is in full swing, many of the young people in our lives are headed into the career field or starting up summer jobs. So here’s an opportunity to equip them with some “street smart” wisdom to excel on the job and win some great references!.   For many, few things generate more stress and discomfort than a performance review. For all parties! It doesn’t have to be that way, but unfortunately it usually is.  For the&nb--- Read More
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